Oliver Townend scores final win on Cillnabradden Evo at Burnham Market: ‘He‘s very special’ *H&H Plus*

  • Find out how the final day of action concluded in the CCI4*-S at Burnham Market – and why this was a particularly poignant win for the top pair…

    Cillnabradden Evo’s eventing career concluded on a high with victory in the CCI4*-S at Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market – his eight international win with Oliver Townend and his fifth at CCI4* level.

    Sally-Anne Egginton’s black 14-year-old son of Creevagh Ferro added two cross-country time-faults on the final day to his dressage mark of 23.3, and will now enjoy a happy retirement with his owner.

    “He’s been punching above his weight for a very long time and he is very special to my yard and to his owner,” said Oliver, who has now extended his extraordinary Burnham Market record to 13 CCI4*-S wins. “He’s probably won more international classes than 10 horses would together and every time he went out, you pretty much knew you were going to have a good weekend.”

    Kevin McNab finished second for Australia on Scuderia 1918 Don Quidam, who raced round Alec Lochore’s cross-country track six seconds inside the time and completed on his dressage mark of 26.9.

    “He galloped round really well and pulled up with plenty of running left – he was keen to go again,” said Kevin. “That should hopefully set up up for the CCI5* at Pau.”

    Another to have a good Pau preparation was Sarah Bullimore’s great campaigner Reve Du Rouet, who breezed round to finish one second over the time in third place. Sarah also took fifth on Conpierre, who added 1.2 time-faults to his dressage of 29.8.

    China’s Alex Hua Tian took fourth on his Rio Olympics ride Don Geniro; the pair collected 4.4 cross-country time-faults.

    Lizzie Baugh and B Exclusive rose from 17th after dressage to sixth with a clear inside the time. The only other two combinations to make the time across country in this class were Kevin McNab and Scuderia 1918 A Best Friend, eighth, and Heidi Coy with Carrigsean Tigerseye, fastest of the day – 17 seconds under the time allowed of 6 minutes 46 seconds – in 15th place. Thirty-five of the 37 cross-country starters jumped clear.

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